Life at the Institute is more than just classes and homework — community members pride themselves on their curricular and extracurricular work in the arts, athletics and more. Whether it's taking part in a living group, playing on one of our NCAA Division III sports teams or taking time to learn new dance moves, Institute life has no boundaries.


Art, engineering, science, and invention are interconnected throughout MIT. Explore the Arts at MIT Portal

Arts Calendar MIT Museum Music Theater Arts Architecture
Dance Art Culture & Technology Media Lab Student Art Association Public Art
Creative Writing List Visual Arts CMS Glass Lab McDermott Award

Arts Calendar

Art events include lectures, dance, films, music, theater, exhibits, literary, new media, visual, and many other other arts.

MIT Museum

Explore the MIT Museum which makes research and innovation accessible to all.


Our distinguished faculty offer subjects in performance, composition and theory, jazz, world music, and music history.

Theater Arts

Explore diverse theatrical forms covering the gamut from classic to modern, scripted to improvised.


Architecture's setting within MIT provides depth in technical areas as well as in the arts, humanities and social sciences.


From ballet to modern, funk to folk, hip hop to square dancing, MIT's dance troupes and groups perform and instruct.

Art, Culture and Technology

The Visual Arts Program and the Center for Advanced Visual Studies merged into the "MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology."

Media Lab

Working to leverage design and technology in imaginative ways that improve the quality of human lives and societies.

Student Art Association

Students are encouraged in their artistic endeavors with hands-on and academic programs.

Public Art

International in scope, containing works in a wide variety of materials and techniques.

Writing Program

Program subjects are arranged by three areas: creative writing, science writing and digital media.

List Visual Arts

Recognized internationally for its exhibitions of contemporary art, the List maintains a permanent collection of nearly 2,000 pieces.

Comparative Media Studies

Committed to the art of thinking across media forms, theoretical domains, cultural contexts, and historical periods.

MIT Glass Lab

A hands-on art-based program encourages exploration and a creative use of the material.

McDermott Award

The Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT recognizes rising, innovative talents.

athletics, physical education
and recreation


At MIT, exceptional students apply to athletics, physical education, and recreation the same passion, drive and work ethic as they do in academics to reach their complete potential. Intensity and commitment to excellence can be found in all of DAPER’s participants.

The Institute sponsors the largest NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletic program in the country with 33 varsity sports. DAPER features more than 30 club teams while it offers an expansive variety of intramural competition. Physical education, a general Institute requirement, teaches health and wellness concepts in addition to specific skill instruction. Recreational sports include 200-plus programs annually, including fitness training, group exercise and specialty events.

Visit the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) web site

More on physical education at MIT

Recreational sports